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Burning Man 2006

What is Burning Man?

(Description by Molly Steenson)

Hurtling down the road to the Black Rock Desert, the colors paint themselves like a spice cabinet sage, dust, slate gray. Maybe you're in your trusty car, the one that takes you to and from work every day. Perhaps you've got a spacious RV, your Motel 6 on wheels for the next days in the desert. Or you're driving your glittering art car, complete with poker chips and mirroring to do a disco ball proud.
The two-lane highway turns off onto a new road. You drive slowly onto the playa, the 400 square mile expanse known as the Black Rock Desert. And there you've touched the terrain of what feels like another planet. You're at the end and the beginning of your journey to Burning Man.You belong here and you participate. You're not the weirdest kid in the classroom there's always somebody there who's thought up something you never even considered. You're there to breathe art. Imagine an ice sculpture emitting glacial music in the desert. Imagine the man, greeting you, neon and benevolence, watching over the community. You're here to build a community that needs you and relies on you.
You're here to survive. What happens to your brain and body when exposed to 107 degree heat, moisture wicking off your body and dehydrating you within minutes? You know and watch yourself. You drink water constantly and piss clear. You'll want to reconsider drinking that alcohol (or taking those other substances) you brought with you the mind-altering experience of Burning Man is its own drug. You slather yourself in sunblock before the sun's rays turn up full blast. You bring enough food, water, and shelter because the elements of the new planet are harsh, and you will find no vending.
You're here to create. Since nobody at Burning Man is a spectator, you're here to build your own new world. You've built an egg for shelter, a suit made of light sticks, a car that looks like a shark's fin. You've covered yourself in silver, you're wearing a straw hat and a string of pearls, or maybe a skirt for the first time. You're broadcasting Radio Free Burning Man or another radio station.
You're here to experience. Ride your bike in the expanse of nothingness with your eyes closed. Meet the theme camp enjoy Irrational Geographic, relax at Bianca's Smut Shack and eat a grilled cheese sandwich. Find your love and understand each other as you walk slowly under a parasol. Wander under the veils of dust at night on the playa.
You're here to celebrate. On Saturday night, we'll burn the Man. As the procession starts, the circle forms, and the man ignites, you experience something personal, something new to yourself, something you've never felt before. It's an epiphany, it's primal, it's newborn. And it's completely individual.
You'll leave as you came. When you depart from Burning Man, you leave no trace. Everything you built, you dismantle. The waste you make and the objects you consume leave with you. Volunteers will stay for weeks to return the Black Rock Desert to its pristine condition.But you'll take the world you built with you. When you drive back down the dusty roads toward home, you slowly reintegrate to the world you came from. You feel in tune with the other dust-covered vehicles that shared the same community. Over time, vivid images still dance in your brain, floating back to you when the weather changes. The Burning Man community, whether your friends, your new acquaintances, or the Burning Man project, embraces you. At the end, though your journey to and from Burning Man are finished, you embark on a different journey forever.


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The Man
The Man
People in Scrap Eden
People in Scrap Eden
 Belgian Waffle
" Belgian Waffle"
 Belgian Waffle chamber
" Belgian Waffle" chamber
Burn away my fear
Burn away my fear
Conexus Cathedral
Conexus Cathedral
Matchstick maze
Matchstick maze
Snorkling on playa
Snorkling on playa
Hope mailbox
Hope mailbox
Scrap Eden1
Scrap Eden1
Scrap Eden2
Scrap Eden2
Early morning
Early morning
Flying lesson in Conexus Cathedral
Flying lesson in Conexus Cathedral
Flying lesson in Conexus Cathedral
Flying lesson in Conexus Cathedral
Finishing flying course
Finishing flying course
Fear mobile
Fear mobile
Dusting off their sculpture
Dusting off their sculpture
Man on top of Fun House
Man on top of Fun House
Biker
Biker
Headlights
Headlights
Party. Morning after...
Party. Morning after...
Hope flower mutant vehicle
"Hope" flower mutant vehicle
Fire fight
Fire fight
Dachee - born of fire  by Greg Bard
Dachee - born of fire by Greg Bard
Playa- early morning
Playa- early morning
Cruzin' with style
Cruzin' with style
Belgian Waffle at night
Belgian Waffle at night
BRC rangers
BRC rangers
Playa
Playa
Mutant Cat
Mutant Cat
lamplighters
lamplighters
Comfy coffin
Comfy coffin
 Belgian Waffle chamber 1
" Belgian Waffle" chamber 1
Costiume
Costiume
Fireworks
Fireworks
Fire dancer
Fire dancer
Conexus Cathedral
Conexus Cathedral
Just married?
Just married?
Fire spinners practice
Fire spinners practice
Playa art 1
Playa art 1
Temple of Hope
Temple of Hope
Temple of Hope signs
Temple of Hope signs
Evolution
Evolution
Get stoned with Jesus
Get stoned with Jesus
Fire dancers
Fire dancers
Beautiful dancer 1
Beautiful dancer 1
Black Rock City Post Office
Black Rock City Post Office
No wonder...
No wonder...
Playa riders
Playa riders
The Wishing Star
The Wishing Star
Morning nap
Morning nap
Cat's Cradle
Cat's Cradle
Yes, it's a bicycle
Yes, it's a bicycle
Fire dancer
Fire dancer
Spectators
Spectators
Artist
Artist
Burn
Burn
Photo session in progress
Photo session in progress
Man at night
Man at night
Dusty streets
Dusty streets
Center Cafe
Center Cafe
Serious conversation
Serious conversation
Spinning fire
Spinning fire
Starry Bamboo Mandala
Starry Bamboo Mandala
Mobile, electric muffin
Mobile, electric muffin
People on top of Mandala
People on top of Mandala
Charming witch
Charming witch
PC art
PC art
Dangerous bunch
"Dangerous" bunch
Get your certificate
Get your certificate
Desert ships
Desert ships
Begining of burn ceremony
Begining of burn ceremony
Walking on stilts
Walking on stilts
Art installation
Art installation
Party!
Party!
Yellow Submarine
Yellow Submarine
Scrap eden sculpture
Scrap eden sculpture
Skydiver over playa
Skydiver over playa
Fire performers
Fire performers
Camp with observation tower
Camp with observation tower
Devils have red hair
Devils have red hair
Love and Dragons
Love and Dragons
Fire performer
Fire performer
Begining of fireworks
Begining of fireworks
Mandala climber
Mandala climber
I.T.
I.T.
Body painting
Body painting
 P&S photographer
P&S photographer
Just above horizon
Just above horizon
Shady bike
Shady bike
Beautiful dancer 2
Beautiful dancer 2
Happiness is easy...
Happiness is easy...
Future you post
Future you post
Fire performers
Fire performers
Black Rock Roller Disco
Black Rock Roller Disco
Music was very loud
Music was very loud
Stilt walkers
Stilt walkers
Party bus
Party bus
Blue and Green on a date
Blue and Green on a date
Brutal desert life
Brutal desert life
Tangled
Tangled
Willing to pose
Willing to pose
Dancing in the bubble
Dancing in the bubble
Monicacos de Esperanza
Monicacos de Esperanza
Life is good...
Life is good...
Burning down the house
Burning down the house
Lamplighters
Lamplighters
People hanging out at Temple of Hope
People hanging out at Temple of Hope
Starry Bamboo Mandala
Starry Bamboo Mandala
Burning Man
Burning Man
Parachute above playa
Parachute above playa
Not identified sculpture
Not identified sculpture
Evening traffic on Esplanade
Evening traffic on Esplanade
Probably for some...
Probably for some...
Playa
Playa
Greetings from Burning Man
Greetings from Burning Man
Uchronia
Uchronia
Glowing Esplanade
Glowing Esplanade
Temple of Hope3
Temple of Hope3
One of the theme camps
One of the theme camps
Cat's Craddle (section)
Cat's Craddle (section)
Temple of Hope4
Temple of Hope4
Not identified art installation
Not identified art installation
Queen of Hearts
Queen of Hearts
Giant Hope Flower
Giant Hope Flower
Monicacos de Esperanza - part
Monicacos de Esperanza - part
Hello stranger...
Hello stranger...
Caressed by flames
Caressed by flames
Fear no Martini camp
"Fear no Martini" camp
Solar powered playa cruiser
Solar powered playa cruiser
Backlit morning on playa
Backlit morning on playa